Green is where the Heart Is for February 18th, 2015

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Wednesday, 18 February 2015 05:00

“I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.” ~Anna Quindlen

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

Last month I happened to be in Ohio during Grandparents Day at our granddaughter’s elementary school.  I was so happy to join the other Yai-Yai as we toured the school, enjoyed cookies and visited the Scholastic Book Fair where my little sweetie scored with both grandmothers purchasing books for her and her little brother.  That was a smart marketing ploy but I did not mind one bit. I remember as a child, the excitement when the bookmobile pulled in to my neighborhood.  Reading was one of my favorite past times.  Whether it was Dr. Doolittle, Pipi Longstockings or other adventurous characters, I spent hours exploring worlds beyond my little hometown as my imagination flourished. 
When Randy and I created a home for our family, bookshelves became important pieces of furniture.  They multiplied and made their way into several rooms of our home.  Even today as I sit in my living room, bookshelves loom above my head like tall trees growing in my space.  Bookshelves flank our TV cabinet and a guest bedroom has three bookshelves standing at attention for all to peruse and enjoy.
New technology changes the thrill of book buying.  We used to enjoy lounging around Barnes and Noble, indulging in a latte and biscotti while flipping through some newly purchased finds.  Now, with kindle apps and Amazon, book buying is quite different. 
When I go into a home and assess the space for feng shui habits, reading the titles on the bookshelves used to be quite revealing about the people who live there. How will I learn about people who now have their libraries hidden away on IPads and Nooks? As our habits change with technology, the younger generation develops skills that baffle grandmas.  Instead of spending an hour or two going to the library to ‘borrow’ a  ‘how-to’ book, technology has made life so simple that one merely needs to ask the ‘Google’ for instructions or directions.  Before a child is two years old they are able to swipe an IPhone, find the YouTube app and search out Mother Goose rhymes and, Waa Laa, they are singing along.
The library in my granddaughter’s school had restricted bookshelves to one wall only.  The majority of the room was dedicated to computer stations where my little sweetie demonstrated her ‘work’, which used games to teach basic skills.  I am all for innovation. 
However, there is one thing a computer cannot do at this point and that is create the special feeling exchanged when I am reading to my grandchildren. Grandparents and children with their bodies in close proximity skin-to-skin, experiencing smells long remembered and the sound of voices etched in memory……this is the benefit that no computer can replicate. Books are more than paper and glue.  Sharing books are a way to feel connected, safe and loved.  What do the books on your bookshelves say about YOU?  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui.
She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology.
Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 20 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at  FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-458-7822 office or 330-904-3636 cell.


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